North Korea Turns Back Clocks to Align With South Korea

01 May, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Kim Jong un's claim that North Korea would abandon its nuclear weapons' programme if the USA promises not to attack, his bonhomie with South Korean President Moon Jae-in is indeed welcome.

On the back of a historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea, for which he has sought to take full credit, President Donald Trump's approval rating has jumped to its highest mark in nearly a year.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton reacted coolly to word that Kim would abandon his weapons if the United States pledged not to invade.

The White House has previously said that the meeting is slated for May or early June.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken off a suggestion that he receive the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump "can take the Nobel prize" as long as the Koreas receive peace in return.

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When Trump visited Seoul in November, weeks after he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, protesters took to the streets in Seoul, calling him "a war maniac".

Trump's supporters erupted in chants of "Nobel, Nobel, Nobel" at a rally in MI as he lashed out at news organizations, which he said were not giving him sufficient credit for bringing Kim to the negotiating table.

But officials have also debated how far Kim would be able to travel. "And some people like it very much".

The mentioning of a border site for the meeting comes after high-level talks between Kim and South Korea President Moon Jae-in, also held at the Peace House.

"There's something that I like about it because you're there", he said. "Where, if things work out, there's a great celebration to be had on the site not in a third-party country", he told reporters at the White House, adding that Singapore was also under consideration.

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North and South Korea are vowing to end their state of war. He identified getting rid of nuclear weapons as a requirement for success.

The historical Peace House had hosted the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean war in 1953.

And just last month, at a bilateral summit at Trump's Mar-a-lago estate, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showered praise on the US leader for his role in the North Korean crisis.

"Oh yeah, I think the summit's going to happen", he said.

Aside from the Friday summit, the Peace House also hosted the January 9 meeting where delegates of the North and South met to discuss the North's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. We certainly would like to see it.

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